30 September 2021

While Floriade may not be going ahead as planned this year, Canberrans can still get their floral fix in their neighbourhood.

This spring Floriade Community has returned to the suburbs, with more than 100 community groups ready to show off their flowerbeds.

Before lockdown, we discovered some of the highlights in each region and the community effort that goes into planting the bulbs. So whether you’re planning on walking, cycling or jogging around the neighbourhood, keep your eyes peeled for a pop of colour!

Remember, Canberra is in lockdown and you should stay in your region as much as possible. If you're out and about for exercise or essential activities and come across a Floriade site, follow public health directions. Visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au for more information.

Central

Central Canberra

It’s a garden that has to be seen to be bee-lieved! Students and volunteers from Rosary Primary School in Watson helped to install two bee-shaped gardens for the neighbourhood to enjoy as part of Floriade Community.

Parent volunteer Andrew Liso led the project and donated innovative garden boxes that light up at night so people can enjoy the blooms any time of day.

“Floriade Community is a great initiative that engages the community and brings the flowers to the people,” Andrew said.

“It makes it more visible across Canberra and helps with accessibility for older people in the area to enjoy the flowers in the current environment.”

Central Canberra residents can see the flowers on Fleming and Antill Street near the school or find more locations in your local area at https://floriadeaustralia.com/community-map/

*photo taken prior to lockdown

Belconnen

Belconnen

Last year, volunteers from Belconnen’s Pegasus Riding for the Disabled came together to plant bulbs in a garden by their entrance for Floriade Community. This year another garden was established on the other side of the driveway, to bring extra colour to visitors and the neighbouring community in Holt.

Executive General Manager of Pegasus Matthew Watson said the flowers have brought “joy” to locals.

“It’s had a huge impact on the local community with many of the locals who use the trail commenting on how nice it was to see so much colour,” Matthew said.

Belconnen residents can see the display on Drake Brockman Drive, Holt when out getting exercise or find other Floriade Community and Floriade: Reimagined locations in your local area https://floriadeaustralia.com/community-map/

*photo taken prior to lockdown

Gungahlin

Crace

A garden bed full of tulips and annuals has been a colourful addition to The District shopping centre in Crace.

The display, which sits across the road from the centre, is a joint partnership by the Crace Community Association, Crace Community Garden and Gungahlin Arts.

President of the Crace Community Association David Pollard said about 30 people volunteered to plant the garden, creating valuable connections within the community.

“Our community is lucky to already have a strong sense of connection, and this planting was another beautiful example,” David said.

“We saw some familiar faces and a few new ones too, including a local who has a passion for gardening and his sign-language interpreter.”

Gungahlin residents can see the flowers opposite The District shopping centre in Crace or find more locations in your local area at https://floriadeaustralia.com/community-map/

*photo taken prior to lockdown

Woden/Weston Creek/Molonglo

Molonglo Valley

It’s a relatively new area in Canberra, but Molonglo Valley already has plenty of community spirit.

This was shown when 60 community members came together to create public plantings throughout Coombs and Denman Prospect.

Molonglo Valley Community Forum (MVCF) member Monique Brouwer said the plantings were multi-generational community building events.

“It was exciting to see 60 community members of all ages come together,” Monique said.

“We’re only a relatively new community, but initiatives like this help build social connection.”

Woden, Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley residents can see the flowers in various locations throughout Coombs and Denman Prospect – visit the community map for the exact locations or find more locations in your local area at https://floriadeaustralia.com/community-map/

*photo taken prior to lockdown

Tuggeranong

Tuggeranong

Locals who regularly walk or run alongside Lake Tuggeranong may have noticed a distinct pop of colour thanks to the Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club, who helped construct two permanent garden beds as part of Floriade Community.

Club office manager Janelle says spreading the colour that Floriade is famous for is a “wonderful” initiative.

“The addition of the flowers helps to lift spirits, makes you feel happy and shares the magic that is Floriade – I love it!”

Tuggeranong residents can see the flowers at 101 Cowlishaw St, Greenway or find more locations in your local area at https://floriadeaustralia.com/community-map/

*photo taken prior to lockdown

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